Early Childhood classes are busy and students are learning
Early childhood students learned through a variety of works this week, some provided by packets sent home for them, such as the cards showing colored objects. Aspen teacher Meg Venkatachalapathy says the packet materials have been well-received and appreciated by her class's families, and students are enjoying them.
Pine students are practicing mindfulness, creating art and learning about bees. Carol Harshaw, Pine teacher, says walking on a line aids mindfulness.
“The Pine class students walk on the line each morning when they come to school. It is such a great way to start the day. Walking on the line helps us to focus on careful movements, improves our balance, and it helps us feel grounded. For our Mindfulness practice the children were encouraged to walk on the line at home.”
Pine students are also making botanical prints. “Botanical Hammer printing is a fun way to make a print of a flower or leaf,” Carol says.
The children placed flowers and leaves on thick pieces of paper and covered them with paper towels before gently pounding the flowers flat with hammers, finally lifting the paper towels to reveal beautiful prints.
The Pine class has also been studying honey bees, including the life cycle of the bee, the jobs each bee has in the colony and how they communicate with each other.
Goodbye, hello and an Upper El virtual singing experience!
By Liz Hoyer, Upper El Program Director
Singing specialist teacher Cece Leavitt has joyfully been a part of the WMS community for the past seven years. Cece announced to the Upper Elementary students in early March that another singing specialist teacher, Christina Bernal, would be completing the school year. Cece is currently focusing on completing her state teaching credential and her long term goals are to pursue a masters’ in music education to teach general music and choral ensembles at the high school level. Cece shared a heartfelt virtual goodbye video to her singing students, many of whom she has known for the entire time she has taught at WMS. We were all sad to say goodbye, but agreed to Cece’s desire for us each to “share many music-making memories with our families and always remember to keep a song in our hearts.”
Mrs. Bernal first met the singing class in early March. Once remote learning began, we did wonder how to successfully offer singing class to Upper El students. After a fair amount of creative brainstorming, planning and collaboration, Mrs. Bernal invited each student for a one-on-one Zoom voice lesson with the end-of-the year goal being to create a video mash-up singing the song, “A Thousand Years.”
We hope you agree that the final product that Mrs. Bernal and the Upper El Singing Class created is absolutely beautiful. The video even includes a little footage from Cece’s final singing class at WMS.
Sincere thanks to wonderful years of singing with Cece, new singing experiences with Mrs. Bernal and the entire Upper El singing class for being flexible, creative and embracing change.
Please enjoy the Upper Elementary Singing Class video. (Watch the video with transcription on YouTube.)
Lower Elementary creates and appreciates
Lower Elementary students are all learning about the 4th Great Lesson—The Coming of Language. Magnolia students have been exploring the Timeline of Writing, and you can see some pictures of cave art, cuneiform writing and Chinese writing the students have created, below.
Willow third-year students have been learning to play guitar and creating textural art, and held a hat day for one of their class meetings. In Juniper students held up the signs of appreciation they had made for their teachers for Teacher Appreciation Day.
Middle Schoolers “bring pets to school”
Program staff work to prepare materials for home use
Behind the scenes our program staff are wearing face masks, social distancing and working hard to put Toddler and EC packets and supply kits together for students to use at home. In the photos below, Michelle Ahern melts recycled crayons into fun shapes; Rupa Bhattacharjee prepares lady bug learning materials for the Douglas Fir class; Frances Ju and Caitlinn Curry-Betteridge sort and add art supplies to the supply kits; and Daniel Tretyak sorts beads for children to make the Short Bead Stair at home.
Parents, watch for announcements soon about the days you may pick up your child’s personal belongings.
Local nurses express pleasure at receiving thank you cards
On Tuesday, NC EC and Toddler Program Director Judy Samudovsky received this message from her daughter-in-law, Liz, R.N., Assistant Nursing Unit Manager at UW Medical Center: “By the way, our unit received a sweet card from Woodinville Montessori yesterday,” she said. “Very sweet of the community to share those encouraging words and pictures.”
Holding up the thank you cards in the photos below are Yvest, a secretary at UWMC, and Charibel, a nurse there.